Paul, May 2013
The May Rogue of the Month is Paul!
Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living.
I was raised in southern Oregon and love living here. You’ll often find me spending time with my family or my dogs engaging in activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, rafting, skiing and mountain biking. If it involves the outdoors, odds are I love it. I have been a police officer for the last five years working in the patrol division.
How long have you been CrossFitting? How did you hear about RVCF?
I have been cross fitting for about a year and a half. I heard about CrossFit from a friend who was a new member herself. After finally getting over the inherent fear factor I joined and have loved everything about it since.
What training did you do before CrossFit?
Before CrossFit I had minimal experience with weight lifting. I played soccer when I was younger so the majority of my of my workouts were running based or working out in a gym lifting weights without any actual form or understanding of what I was doing.
How has CrossFit impacted your life?
CrossFit has been a really positive aspect in my personal life and work life. Being so involved in CrossFit has helped me immensely as a cop in almost every aspect. Aside from being in the best shape of my life, it has made going to the gym fun. It has also been a great way to meet new people in the community.
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
My most memorable experience at the gym so far was getting my name on the board for one of the benchmark workouts. Just seeing the progress myself and others have made over the course of this past year has been inspirational. Everyone pushes each other to run harder and lift faster. The team environment at RVCF quickly becomes addicting.
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
Helen or The Chief. My favorite lift would be power cleans, running and pull-ups. If I have to wait 10-15 minutes before driving home because I am physically incapable of driving, I know it was a fun workout. Although I have a deep-rooted resentment for weighted squats, my disdain for them is waning a bit thanks to all the squat work we have been doing lately.
Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members?
Fight through the discomfort, you aren’t really going to die…hopefully. You have to make a point of going to class and not skipping out on the days when you’re sore. The coaches are second to none and want to see you succeed. You have to be willing to approach them for help in order to achieve your goals. Ultimately, you really control your success.